My Camino Route in 2016

My Camino Route in 2016
This year, I will be walking Camino Madrid from El Escorial through Segovia and Valladolid to Sahagun. I will have a few more days of walking and am currently thinking I might then walk from Astorga to Zamora on the portion of the Via de la Plata that I did not walk in 2014. In all it w=should be about 18 days and somewhere between 250 and 300 miles of walking.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Toledo Sept. 25

The Alcazar in Toledo is not quite as imposing as Segovia's Alcazar.

The Rio Tejo from the city walls. This was a good place to build a fortress.

The view towards the cathedral from the library in the alcazar.

.1:30 pm: Marge met the shuttle at 6:45am to go to the airport. I slept a while longer then took the 9 am bus for the 50 minute ride to Toledo. Toledo used to be Spain's capitol, but it is surrounded on three sides by a river with limited expansion potential. In the 1500's, the king moved the cspitol to the small village of Madrid and the rest is history. The Catholic church in Spain is still headquartered in Toledo so that was yet another reason for the king to move to Madrid.

As I write this, I am sitting in the 8th floor of the city library which is in the top of the fortress, the Alcazar. In one form or another this has been a strategic military location for 2000 yeJars, most recently during the spanish Civil War in 1939, when Franco's army defended it. This Alcazar is not as imposing as the one in Segovia, but it has a great panoramic view of the cathedral and old town. It will make a good photo. The cathedral was equal or better than the one in Burgos. The cathedral has 18 El Greco paintings. The Museo Santa Cruz has some more but they operate on a free but hit and miss schedule and they were not available now for viewing.

9:30 pm: I finished my sightseeing in Toledo and caught the 4 pm bus back to Madrid. Lots of other tourists. And, yes Greg, cutlery of all types is one thing Toledo is famous for. There are many shops to buy knives, scissors, even swords and armour.

I thought it was a little known fact that the Madrid art museums are open in the evening with free admission. So I headed over to the Prado at 6. It is only a ten minute walk from the hostal that I am staying at. I was surprised to see a line of people longer than the Prado waiting to get in. But the line moved quickly so the wait was only ten minutes. I was able to see some of the paintings that I missed three weeks ago, plus revisit some of my favorites, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Goya, Bosch, and more. Since tomorrow is Sunday, the Reine Sofia art museum will be free all day. Lots of Picasso there. After some morning sightseeing starting at the Puerte del Sol, I plan to go there. By the way, even though I am not officially walking anymore, my pedometer said I did walk a total of 12 1/2 miles today. More tomorrow.

3 comments:

  1. But.... there is no buffalo Jesus or devil
    flycatcher in the Toledo cathedral :-)
    Kathy

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  2. Ah, but the El Grecos. And they let you into the chir to really see all the wood carvings in the stalls.

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  3. El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Goya,--Geeez, I'd fell like I died and went to Heaven! I gotta make a trip to Spain. Great descriptions and travel info on Madrid and Toledo. Besides all of the artwork that is some of my favorites, I'll have to go to Toledo to get a sword to add to my collection.

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